Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on July 24, 2011
The museum curator at Buckingham Palace arranges this magnificent gown’s skirt for the exhibition.
Ever since Princess Catherine stepped out of the car and onto the red carpet at Westminster Abbey, fashionistas all over the world became enthralled with her gorgeous bridal ensemble! Many have designed replicas of the now-famous dress, while others have speculated at how one would recreate it themselves. (You can read my post on “How to Sew Princess Catherine’s Wedding Dress” here.)
Any fortunate tourists at Buckingham Palace will now have an up-close view of that breathtaking handmade lace.
These lovely high heels were one of three pairs Catherine commissioned for her wedding day, and though not worn for the ceremony itself (she chose flats for the pre-party events), they still boast the Royal School of Needlework lace.
But for the first time since the Royal Wedding, fortunate tourists can now view the very gown that Princess Catherine wore on her wedding day! In early summer Catherine had announced her intentions to graciously loan her bridal gown to the Buckingham Palace for exhibition, along with the lace appliqued high heels, Cartier halo tiara, earrings, and wedding cake that were admired by over two billion people who watched the wedding festivities by television. In an unprecedented act for costume display, Princess Catherine’s wedding dress is not even housed in a glass display case, but is modeled by a manequin right in the middle of the banquet hall.
Only a few short months before, William and Catherine celebrated their wedding reception in the room which now houses the famous wedding gown.
This lovely dress will be on display until October 3, 2011, and is housed in the grand banquet room in Buckingham Palace where the Royal Couple celebrated their wedding reception.
Princess Catherine and Queen Elizabeth share a quiet moment before the wedding dress exhibit opens to the public at Buckingham Palace.
I found a delightful behind-the-scenes video on the official Royal Wedding Site that shows Queen Elizabeth, Princess Catherine herself, and the museum curator viewing the newly-opened display at Buckingham Palace. Princess Catherine wore a simple sheath style dress which is what we’ve become accustomed to seeing her wear since her marriage, while the Queen is dressed in a lovely silk charmeuse floral printed dress.
Princess Catherine wore a navy lace dress with cream lining for one day of the Royal Canadian Tour.
For the couple's last day in Canada, Catherine wore a lovely red suit - a color we don't often see on her.
I do wish that the Princess would wear things that were not quite so plain and business-like, and opt for more colors in her wardrobe like the red suit she wore on her last day in Canada. Except for the occasional royal blue, we usually only see muted hues of ivory, tan, and navy in her color selection. But her fascinator headpieces are quite charming, and I love how she always curls her hair!
From a personal view point, I wonder if Princess Catherine might feel just a twinge of sadness seeing that gorgeous gown on a far-away manequin when it must be such a sentimental dress to her. I remember after my ballet performances I was always a little sad to have to turn over my costume to the wardrobe department, knowing that I’d only ever see it again in photographs. Of course she will retain complete access to it after the exhibition closes this fall, but after such a breathtaking fairytale wedding, it would be a shame if she never got to wear it again! Princess Catherine in particular seemed to fit the role of Royal Princess so well that I almost thought she was missing something when I saw photos of her after the nuptial festivities wearing simple, everyday clothing.
We’ll have to hope that perhaps she will wear the gown for a tenth wedding anniversary the way that Queen Elizabeth re-wore her coronation gown for the Canadian tour! For now, though, that striking gown is on display for the public to get a glimpse of while the wedding is still fresh in their minds.
Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on July 14, 2011
This era of fashion was known as the "Gibson Girl" look, and is remembered for flowing,pastel dresses, corsets, airbuns, and hats!
Ever since the first time I watched “Anne of Avonlea“, I knew I wanted to wear some “Anne Shirley” costumes! There is something so refreshing about the embroidered Edwardian blouses (called “shirtwaists” back then), and the long, flowing skirts. Like the Regency Era nearly one hundred years before, the Edwardian era followed an era of ridiculous fashion and brought a return of elegant simplicity back to women’s styles. The “Anne of Avonlea” film costumes accurately depict what ladies wore at the turn of the century, with the corseted waists, heirloom blouses, and the occasional silk dress. The Edwardian era is often confused with the Victorian era, perhaps because the late 1890s and early 1900s did have many similarities in style. For the costume historian however, you must accurately classify anything past 1900 as Edwardian, even if you feel like saying “Victorian” about feathered hats, long skirts, and corsets!
While I was inspired by Anne Shirley's costumes, this outfit actually looks more like Diana Barry's.
While I love all Edwardian styles, I’ve always been particularly fond of the Edwardian blouses, so when Sense & Sensibility Patterns released their “Beatrix Shirtwaist Pattern” I bought it immediately! The pattern gives the option for long sleeves, leg-o-mutton sleeves, or elbow length sleeves, plus either front or back button closures. You could practically take any Edwardian blouse photo and copy it with this sewing pattern!
I chose the puffed elbow length sleeves and the back button closure, and the whole blouse was a breeze to put together. While most blouses were tucked into a skirt and gathered at the center front for the classic “pouter pigeon” look, I preferred to wear this blouse untucked with a belt as the pattern suggests.
Tzeitel, Chava, and Hodel wore Edwardian blouses made of printed cottons for the "Chava Ballet" sequence in "Fiddler on the Roof".
This reminds me of the blouses which Tevye’s daughters wore in “Fiddler on the Roof“! I’ve always loved Hodel’s belted blouse which gives a mock “peplum” look, and when you use a ribbon instead of a firm belt it lends a very heirloom look to the outfit!
Cluny lace trims the mock-neckline and sleeves on this Edwardian blouse.
I trimmed the sleeves and collar area with crocheted cluny lace, though for a more elegant blouse you could use valencienne or English netting lace. The fabric itself was originally a white embroidered lawn by Robert Kaufman fabrics which I dyed using the “IDye” in ecru.
Hope you enjoy the pictures!
Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on July 12, 2011
~Liesl’s Dancing Dress for an Anniversary~
A customer bought the Liesl dress pattern to make a dress for the anniversary Mass and evening of celebrations of the pictured couple. They enjoyed a ballroom dance lesson after the Mass and cake!
This lady sewed her Liesl dress for her tenth anniversary. Doesn't she look beautiful?
She writes,”Thanks for this pattern. We enjoyed working on it. I was a total beginner and my sewing teacher looked at me like I was crazy when I walked into class with this. But we did it in eight lessons. I used two layers of lightweight cotton. (I knew I could not handle the chiffons). It worked really well for me as a beginner to use the lightweight cottons. The under layer was almost hot pink and the outer layer was a very pale pink and put together I thought it looked very nice. The only other change was that I added an extra layer of trim ribbon at the waist.”
And here's the happy couple dancing! Liesl and Rolf would be proud.
Can you believe she is a beginner seamstress? If “Liesl’s Dancing Dress” is one of her first projects, I’d say she’s off to a pretty good start! The sewing is impeccable, and everything from the curved yoke and circular hem to the fluttery sleeves are perfectly sewn. It’s absolutely beautiful! Excellent work!
If you have pictures of dresses made from Edelweiss Patterns you’d like me to post here, feel free to email them to me and I will be happy to put them up.